|Kids love moonbounces!|
|Erin and Liam choose tattoos|
|It was hard for Ady to say goodbye|
|Donny dressed for the occasion|
|Babies having fun|
Last Wednesday, some of my mom friends took me out for a farewell mom's night out. We had a blast, just talking and drinking and gossiping and venting... just a great mom's night out, which have become so precious to me and something I always have looked forward to. The ladies were so cute, and got together on a farewell gift for me, a little Sea Bag filled with some Maine treats, as well as a photo album that my friend Amy put together, filled with pictures from the last five years of all the kids in our group of friends from the past five years. It was a little emotional for me, and I know I will treasure that book. Looking pictures of Adelin as a baby with some of her friends when they were babies, it really hit me how special this time has been.
But now it's time to say good-bye. I started this blog as a way to keep in communication with everyone in my family, and my friends back in NYC, and scattered around the world, as I went through this adventure in Maine. I knew when we left New York that we were coming to Maine to start a family, and a huge new phase in our lives. I had no idea. Both my babies were born here, took their first steps here, spoke their first words and all the rest breathing this beautiful Maine air. Maine is in my children's blood. I imagine that they will always feel most at home smelling the sea air and traipsing through the pine forest. The way the sunlight hits the trees here, the chill in the air when the snow is coming, the way the leaves fall in October. My earliest memories are of Florida, it's humidity and thunderstorms, its highways and beaches. They will remember Maine that way. It makes me glad, but it makes my heart hurt, because I miss it for them, and I long for it, for them.
My adventures in Maine have been nothing short of amazing. I will miss Maine, I will miss my friends. I will miss the work I did here, and all my favorite places, from bars to beaches. I will miss Ken and Claire, and having family so close by that I could count on, and share our joys with. I say goodbye, but know this: We'll be back. One way or another, we will come back to this place, and it will feel like coming home again every time.
Goodbye, Maine. Thank you for everything, especially my babies. Thank you for teaching me what home feels like. I'll be back soon, so keep a light on.